D 200 PR is worth what?

Looking at the CUSD 200 personnel report in the packet for the May 12, 2021 Board meeting, we discovered that the PR-lady, Ms. Erica Loiacono was up for a new title accompanied by an 11% pay increase.  This did pass with NO discussion.

Remembering that this was not the first time she received a large pay increase, I found this post dupagewatchdog.org/2018/06/15/cusd-200-public-relations-cost-admin-taises/ from June 2018.

It included this list of her Salary history:

It also mentioned that her job did not even exist until 2010.  By 2018 it was already a Department.  Now, the department has taken on more responsibilities. If you go to

cusd200.org/  Click on Departments -> Communications/Community

You will see that it lists Ms Loiacono & an assistant and a list of initiatives the department handles. Prior to her hiring in 2010, the Superintendent and his secretary mailed a newsletter to all residents once or twice per year. The rest of the initiatives are new since then.

Now she issues a weekly email news letter, posts on social media, writes articles for a News site, organizes Celebrations (not on her page – but, we have posted about it in the past), organizes the “D200 Mobile Food Pantry” events, and organizes the  Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). Much of this has nothing to do with educating students. It all has to do with Public Relations and controlling the narrative.

The CAC is and has always been subject to “Open Meeting act.” As such they must post their meeting notices/agendas for the public (I found the date & time on a calendar).  The district was caught in May 2019 of violating the Open Meetings Act (OMA) because the CAC was an invitation only meeting.  They even discussed the violation on video at a board meeting.  Unfortunately the powers-that-be, who are charged with enforcing the law, let them off with a warning. 

At this point, it is what it is.  Just be aware of how much money is being spent to spin the News rather than educate the children.

CUSD 200 School Board Candidates – Found on FaceBook

We found an endorsement on Susan  Booton’s Facebook page for the four Union-pick-their-own-boss candidates, followed by a very partisan attack against the slate of candidates who want to open the schools full-time for in-class education.  She writes “By accepting this partisan endorsement for a non-partisan position, this slate of candidates demonstrate that they embrace…” I wonder, is Ms. Booton really that unaware of her own partisan actions?

How many of you think it is “fair” that we are paying FULL-Taxes for public schools that are providing only part-time education?  How many students are falling behind?  Why isn’t the district pushing back against un-funded state mandates, and changes to curriculum that are politicizing education while leaving less precious class time for  the basics like Reading, Writing & Arithmetic?  It is time to pay attention, & VOTE!

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CUSD 200 candidates

We searched the internet for what the Wheaton-Warrenville CUSD 200 School Board Candidates are saying about themselves.

Kevin Nickell, Angela L. Blatner, Michael Evans, & Amanda J. Spans

Steven E. Gross

Mary Yeboah

Anjali Bharadwa

CUSD 200 candidates for 2021 School Board are:

You can find the list of candidates for School Districts in DuPage by Clicking on the unofficial candidate list for April 6, 2021 on

https://www.dupageco.org/Election/Candidates_and_Campaigns/37053/

There are 10 candidates running for four seats on the Wheatn-Warrenville School Board:

Brad Paulsen (incumbent)
Rob Hanlon (incumbent)
Angela L. Blatner,
Michael Evans,
Amanda J. Spans,
Mary Yeboah, (ran in 2019 as well)
Anjali Bharadwa,
Steven E. Gross
Tom Paulsen, (not related to Brad Paulsen)

Kevin Nickell (added to blog 2/9/2021 – Sorry I missed him on the original post)

As we find information about each of these candidates it will be posted.

Test Scores Down – 1st all Common Core H.S.

I sent the following to (Wheaton-Warrenville, CUSD 200 board members today 11/1/2019)

To:board@cusd200.org

All of these “experts” were wrong.

[T]he class of 2019, the first to experience all four high school years under Common Core, is the worst-prepared for college in 15 years, according to a new report.

Common Core is a set of national instruction and testing mandates implemented starting in 2010 without approval from nearly any legislative body and over waves of bipartisan citizen protests. Continue reading “Test Scores Down – 1st all Common Core H.S.”

School cost per-pupil

On 10/30/2019 The Daily Herald published an article about the per-pupil cost of schools, the following is a summary of some key facts from it:

“While the average per-pupil cost at a typical suburban preschool is $15,250 and median cost is $13,814, the top five suburban early childhood schools are spending roughly $30,000 or more.”

Type (suburban) Average per-pupil expense Median per-pupil cost
Pre-schools $15,250 $13,814
Elementary Schools 14,545 $13,986
Middle schools $14,377 $13,991
High Schools $14,612 $13,905

Top per-pupil pre-K

  1. Ann Reid in Naperville D203, $36,633
  2. Jefferson in Wheaton D200, $34,969
  3. Prairie Children Preschool in Aurora, $34,274
  4. Queen Bee in Glendale Heights, $33,751
  5. Rondout Elementary in Lake Forest, $31,491
  6. Geneva 304 Early Learning Program, $30,875.

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D200 PR spending – authorized?

This is a follow up to a previous post on PR spending:

That was not the first time this type of spending has been brought to the board’s attention.  See:

Is it legal for D200 to spend taxpayer money on gifts and Donations?  We believe the answer is NO!

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Universal Pre-K for all. Why now?

Back in 2006, when running for governor, Rod Blagojevich unveiled his plan for Universal pre-K.  While he won the governors race that year, his goal has yet to be realized. Other politicians and the teachers union are still pushing for it.  Recently they did a “study”.  We are now being told that too many of today’s pre-schoolers are not ready to start kindergarten when they should be.

What changed?  Continue reading “Universal Pre-K for all. Why now?”